'O Brother' concert film to open June 15
Cowboy Booking Intl. has wrangled domestic theatrical rights to “Down From the Mountain,” D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob’s docu on the making of the soundtrack to Joel and Ethan Coen’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Pic — produced by Bob Neuwirth and Frazer Pennebaker and exec produced by T-Bone Burnett and the Coens — centers on the Nashville concert featuring performers who appear on the “O Brother” soundtrack. Concert was produced by Burnett, hosted by John Hartford and featured performances by Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, the Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and Chris Thomas King.
Carnegie Hall revival
“Down” will open in New York and Nashville on June 15 — following a June 13 revival of the Nashville concert at Carnegie Hall — and roll out to arthouse markets throughout the summer.
“It was an incredible concert in Nashville,” Joel Coen said, “and great that Pennebaker agreed to film it. For people like us, whose first documentary look at musicians like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and so on was through Pennebaker’s movies, it was a kick to see his moviemaking process firsthand.”
Artisan at home
Film’s homevid and television rights are held by Artisan Entertainment, whose recent releases include Pennebaker Hegedus Films’ “Startup.com.” Foreign rights are being handled by Intertainer.
Cowboy Booking, co-headed by John Vanco and Noah Cowan, recently released “George Washington” and “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.”